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To Be Diné in the American West: The Archaeology of Nineteenth-Century Navajo Cultural Persistence
Start Date: 2/4/2016Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 2/4/2016

Event Description
Dr. Kerry F. Thompson, Department of Anthropology, Northern Arizona University

As a symbolic representation of the Diné universe, the hogan represents a life lived in pursuit of beauty and balance and is a material representation of Diné philosophy and worldview. Using Diné philosophy as an interpretive tool, this project investigates the archaeological evidence for cultural persistence among late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century Diné hogan households. Analysis of a sample of hogan sites recorded as evidence for the Navajo Land Claim case indicate that hogan architecture persisted in form and function in the face of intensive American contact, intrusive colonial policies, and profound changes in other areas of Diné social and cultural life. The dialectic between colonial policy and traditional Dine culture did not alter the core of Diné identity as it is represented in Diné architecture, persistent settlement patterns, and decision making about movement on the landscape.
Location Information:
*WU Campus - Law School  (View Map)
245 Winter Street SE
Salem 97301
Phone: 503-370-6380
Room: 201 -- Paulus Lecture Hall
Contact Information:
Name: L. Whitaker
Phone: 503-370-6615
Email: lwhitake@willamette.edu
Admission / Ticket Info:
This event is free and open to the public.
Event Sponsor(s):
Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology
Salem Society of the Archaeological Institute of America
Native American Programs

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